Olive oil is a fantastic source of ‘good' fat that's loaded with antioxidants. It's no wonder olive oil is at - or near - the top of most health experts' list of must-haves!
“Research has shown that olive oil helps lower ‘bad' cholesterol and total cholesterol, improve insulin levels and blood clotting and assist with blood sugar control,” explains Colette Heimowitz, Atkins' vice presid... ››› more
Do you often feel like gobbling things like pizza or chocolate when you're stressed or under pressure? Don't feel bad - it might not be your fault!
A study published online in the journal Cell Reports has isolated the neurons that drive a craving for carbs and found that your brain may be to blame when the carb cravings strike. Read on for more.
Japanese researchers find that your brain may ... ››› more
Flu shots can reduce your risk of contracting influenza, but they're by no means fool-proof. In fact, they're quite the hit-and-miss proposition - according to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, last season's version of the flu shot had an effectiveness rate of just 42%.
Fortunately, there are many other things you can do to reduce your risk of catching, or spreading, the flu this ... ››› more
From time to time, most of us suffer from a splitting headache that interferes with doing our work or enjoying our day. In most cases, over-the-counter medications are a quick-fix for these headaches. But, sometimes, they can go beyond being merely a painful nuisance…
If you sometimes - or often - get chronic migraines that traditional drug treatments fail to treat, read on to learn about a f... ››› more
High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, isn't uncommon. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that the condition affects one in three Americans. But here's the thing: Many people who have high blood pressure don't even know it.
While the exact causes of high blood pressure are even puzzling to some doctors, one thing we do know is that several factors pl... ››› more
The Mediterranean diet, a diet inspired by the eating habits of Greece, Southern Italy and Spain in the 1940s and 1950s, is renowned for its heart health benefits. According to six new articles, this heart-healthy diet may also slow down ageing.
The articles, published in The Journal Of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, reported on the elements of a Mediterranean ... ››› more
You know that foods like kale and grapefruit are fantastic for your health. What you might not know is that if you're taking certain medications, these healthy foods can trigger harmful - potentially deadly - interactions! One of the most well-known examples is mixing statins with grapefruit.
Dr Pat Salber, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Doctor Weighs In website, explains: “Foods can ... ››› more
Constipation is a common problem. According to the National Institutes of Health, some 42 million people in the United States deal with constipation - and apparently women are more prone than men.
The most important thing you should do to avoid constipation is to eat a balanced and varied diet, according to registered dietician Leslie Bonci. “We've got to think about being good to our bowels ... ››› more
Acid reflux, which occurs when acid or other stomach contents back up in the oesophagus, which affects about 60 million people in the United States. The statistics for South Africa aren't far behind…
Many people who suffer from acid reflux rely on medications to treat it. However, a mostly vegetarian diet may provide relief from the condition similar to widely used medications, according to a... ››› more
Celiac disease patients carefully following a gluten-free diet will be surprised to learn that this might not protect them from exposure to potentially harmful amounts of gluten, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
“Individuals who are on a gluten free diet are consuming more gluten than we actually imagined. It's not uncommon for them to be consu... ››› more
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